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The Making of African America

The Four Great Migrations

Ira Berlin - Author

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ISBN 9780143118794 | 320 pages | 28 Dec 2010 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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An award-winning historian's sweeping new interpretation of the African American experience.

In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African American history. In The Making of African America, Berlin challenges the traditional presentation of a linear, progressive history from slavery to freedom. Instead, he puts forth the idea that four great migrations, between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, lie at the heart of black American culture and its development. With an engrossing, accessible narrative, Berlin traces the transit from Africa to America, Virginia to Alabama, Biloxi to Chicago, Lagos to the Bronx, and in the process finds the essence of black American life.

Prologue

Chapter One
Movement and Place in the African American Past

Chapter Two
The Transatlantic Passage

Chapter Three
The Passage to the Interior

Chapter Four
The Passage to the North

Chapter Five
Global Passages

Epilogue

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index


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